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Eyes and Ears Everywhere
Western Isles / Outer Hebrides bird sightings for today, 19th July 2020. Updated throughout the day

Coll, Isle of Lewis
A Coal Tit was seen there today

Howmore, South Uist
Five Whimbrel were seen on the machair today

Rubha Ardvule, South Uist
Counting period: 05:50-09:40
Weather: Wind W f4 gust f6, mostly bright but with isolated showers. Temp12-13C.

A near four hour seawatch this morning produced 1 Red-throated Diver (S), 1 Black-throated Diver (S), 11 Fulmars (S), 313 Manx Shearwaters (267S 46N), 136 Gannets (104S 32 N), 1 Shag (S), 17 Cormorants (S), 3 Great Skuas (S), 2 Guillemots (S), 23 Razorbills (S), 1 Black Guillemot (S) and 25 auk sp (22S 3 N).
Also present in the area were White-tailed Eagle 1, Common Buzzard 1, Little Tern 2, Common Tern 1 and Arctic Tern 56


Senior Member
Seawatching off Vatersay was pretty quiet this morning, but still some waders heading south over the sea including a tight flock of c40 Black-tailed Godwits and a little later 15 Sanderlings. A Pom Skua flew south past Brevig early afternoon.